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Andre Braugher (born July 1, 1962) is a two time Emmy Award-winning American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Thomas Searles in the film Glory, and as the fiery detective Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1998, and again in the 2000 made-for-TV TV movie.

Early life

Braugher, the youngest of four children, was born in Chicago, Illinoismarker, the son of Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy-equipment operator. He went to high school at St. Ignatius College Prepmarker. Originally a pre-med student, he graduated from Stanford Universitymarker with a B.A. in theater in 1984. Braugher then attended the Juilliard Schoolmarker in New York Citymarker, graduating in 1988 where he was acknowledged as the Most Outstanding Theater Student at graduation.


Braugher's first film role was in the 1989's Glory as Thomas Searles, a free, educated black from the North who joins the first black regiment in the Union Army.

He subsequently moved on to a role on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Frank Pembleton, a self-righteous, fiery, unyielding, Jesuit-educated police detective. Playing opposite Kyle Secor (who portrayed Det. Tim Bayliss), Braugher became the series' breakout star. He received Television Critics Association awards for individual achievement in drama in 1997 and 1998. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series in 1996 and 1998, winning in the latter year. He left Homicide after its sixth season but returned for the successful reunion made-for-TV TV movie. He has also starred in the movies City of Angels and Poseidon.

In 1997 he was selected by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".

At New York City's Shakespeare in the Park Festival from June 18 to July 14, 1996 at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Parkmarker, Braugher played the title role in Henry V for which he received an Obie Award. In 2000, he played the title role as Ben Gideon in the series Gideon's Crossing, which lasted one season.

He played Detective Marcellus Washington in the TV series "Hack" from 2002-2004. In 2006, Braugher starred as Nick Atwater in the mini-series Thief for FX Networks, winning a second Emmy for his performance.

He portrayed General Hager in the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. His next role will be as Commissioner Bolton in S.M.A.S.H.

Currently, Braugher can be seen on the TV Series House, M.D. as Dr. Nolan, a psychiatrist who helps House recover from his addiction to Vicodin. He appears in the TNT series Men of a Certain Age.

Personal life

In 1991, Braugher married Ami Brabson, an actress who later played Pembleton's wife Mary on Homicide. The couple have three sons: Michael(1992), Isaiah(1997), and John Wesley(2003). They reside in South Orange, New Jerseymarker.



  1. Andre Braugher Biography (1962-)

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